WARNING: Are you in Danger?

The Cosmetic Conspiracy

A friend gave me a copy of ‘Health News’ –  an international little newspaper – which highlighted all the harmful ingredients in personal care products that we all use every day!  It enlightened and reminded me of why I choose to use Neways products marygray.myneways.com.au – a much safer alternative than most products on the market today!

I read that most companies use slick advertising with buzzwords like ‘natural’ or ‘hypoallergenic’ on the front of a skin care product, when in actual fact, they may not be either of these things.  There are no industry-wide standards for what the ‘natural’ refers to.    Most enlightened people’s standards today are likely to be a lot higher than those of the decision-makers at the cosmetic companies who are guarding their Christmas bonuses more carefully than they’re guarding your health.

Each week companies introduce new products that are supposed to be better, healthier and more effective.  But are they?  Revlon director of public relations, Dan Moriarty answers the question.  He admits that in Revlon’s New Age Natural cosmetics line, “the base formulas are the same as our conventional products.”

Many of the so-called new and improved products are old formulas in new packaging designed to appeal to today’s consumer.  All this does is up the price, not the quality.  Even though today,  companies do have to list the active ingredients on product labels, they do find ways to get around it by hiding controversial dangerous ingredients under the label of ‘trade secrets’.  Apparently companies can petition the FDA to prevent disclosure of a new ingredient by being granted ‘trade secret’ status.  This spells delight for the company and disaster for you.    So even if you are conscientious enough to read and decode the product label, some of the ingredients may not even be listed.    Who knows what harm those “trade secrets” may cause?  Even if there are no “trade secrets” on the label of your personal care products, companies have one other mask to hide behind – scientific jargon.  Many of the ingredients on the labels are so scientific that even if you do read them, there’s no guarantee they’ll help you understand what’s actually in the products.

For example, propylene glycol sounds innocent enough – it’s a common ingredient in moisturizers – but did you know it’s also a main ingredient in anti-freeze and brake fluid?  If you could tell that from the label, you probably wouldn’t be so quick to clean your face with it.  Propylene glycol is an ingredient that is commonly used as a humectants (additive to keep products moist) and a preservative.  It ‘s  supposed to make the skin feel smooth and slippery.  While it may appear to moisturize the skin’s surface, it actually steals moisture from the underlying layers of your (or your baby’s!) skin.  Propylene glycol is not only ineffective, it’s dangerous.  It’s derived from petroleum products and is commonly used in antifreeze, latex paints and laundry detergents.   The Material Safety Data Sheet (required by the federal government for any hazardous chemical) on propylene glycol warns against contact with eyes, skin and clothing.  If inhaled, propylene glycol can cause irritation of nasal and respiratory passages in both adults and children, and if ingested, it can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  Research also shows that it alters cell membranes and can causes cardiac arrest.

It is possible to keep you and your babies from falling prey to propylene glycol and still have the convenience of baby lotions and liquid soap – safe products are out there, just be aware of product labels.    Remember only you can protect your family and yourself from these dangerous ingredients.

The FDA does act on complaints about unsafe products once they have been released to the marketplace – but then FDA estimates that manufacturers receive about fifty times as many complaints as the FDA.  So this doesn’t even come close to accounting for the number of people who have problems and either don’t report them or are never able to trace them back to their cosmetics in the first place.

So – if you can’t trust the cosmetics industry and the FDA isn’t protecting your health, then it’s up to you to protect yourself and your family.  If you’re willing to read labels and learn to decipher some of the chemical jargon, you will find products that are both effective and safe.  Understanding the long term effects of these dangerous chemicals and what products contain them is the first step in avoiding disastrous results for you and your loved ones.  If nothing else, this information will make you a more informed consumer, and aware of potential health risks.  Most importantly, it could save your life.

I choose to make it easy and support a company that was pioneered over 20 years ago to not put anything harmful in any of their personal care products.  Today, their scientific board members continue to ensure this and their high quality products not only are a safer alternative, but work beautifully.  Feel free to check out Neways on the following site marygray.myneways.com.au.  By becoming a member you will ensure your own and your families safety and obtain these state of the art products at wholesale prices on line.

“Keep Out of Reach of Children”

Every day you try to protect your children from the dangers of crime in their school, bullying, gang violence, abduction and countless other problems that threaten them outside the walls of your home.  But what you may not realize is that the dangers in your home are just as likely to harm your children.  Products that your children use every day contain ingredients that studies have linked to cancer, blindness and death.  It’s what you don’t know about these products could kill your children before you even know there’s  a problem.  One of the worst and most widespread of these dangerous ingredients is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  It’s an artificial detergent derived from coconut oil that’s used in a variety of products.  SLS is absorbed through the skin and is retained in the brain, heart and liver.  Studies show that SLS also affects other areas in the body, such as your child’s still-developing eyes.  SLS has been shown to retard the proper development of eye tissues, cause cataracts, slow the healing of other eye problems, and even cause blindness.

The dangers of SLS are hardly a secret to the medical community.  In fact SLS is used in labs and medical facilities as a standard skin irritant.  Scientists use it to purposely harm the skin in order to test healing agents.  Many toothpaste and soap companies include warning labels such as, “keep out of the reach of children” or “not for use by children under six.”  Of course you’ll have to search to find these warnings buried under instructions for use and ingredient lists.  But aren’t your kids worth the time it takes to read a label?  As a detergent, SLS makes the products it is combined with more creamy or lather up better.  Manufacturers use it primarily because it is cheap and readily available.  Some of the products that can contain this cheap filler are:  shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and lotion.    All you need to do is to stop using these products altogether and use quality brands that avoid SLS.

You probably make sure that your children’s toothpaste contains fluoride because that’s what dentists have been recommending for years.  However, most toothpaste contains enough fluoride  in four ounces to kill  a small child.  A study done states that fluoride has been shown not to reduce cavities.  What’s worse is that scientists are now linking fluoride to dental deformity, arthritis, allergic reactions, and about 10,000 unnecessary deaths a year from cancer.

Research also indicates that swallowing toothpaste can lead to Crohn’s disease (a chronic disease involving scarring and thickening of the bowel wall.)

You’ve learned to keep anything potentially dangerous out of reach of little hands, and now is the time to permanently retire the fluoride toothpaste as well.  At the least it can corrode the enamel on teeth.  At the worst, fluoride is deadly.

Another ingredient that can cause lasting harm to your children is the alcohol  in your mouthwash.  Some brands of mouth wash contain as much as twenty-five per cent alcohol, and when ingested by children, even small amounts can be toxic.  One ounce of mouth wash can cause seizures and brain damage in toddlers and five ounces can be fatal.

Mouthwash is artificially sweetened and is seldom packaged in child-resistant containers.  Most brands are sold in quantities that can kill a two year old.  The American Association of Poison Control Centers recently reported that in the last five years, over 10,000 children under age six have ingested high-alcohol content mouthwash.

The Truth About Secret Ingredients

James Mason, MD is a board-certified dermatologist who has been in private practice in Texas for 20 years.  This is what he says:

“I treat all types of skin problems from childhood rashes and teenage acne to skin cancer, moles, tumors and rashes in adults. I have found that most people want fewer fragrances, preservatives, animal by-products, and man-made ingredients in the skin products they buy.  This trend toward natural, safer skin care products shows that people want to be able to take better care of their skin.

When young women start using make-up, they get into the habit of using a lot of products that they don’t need.  They put excessive amounts of chemicals on their faces that dry out their skin, throw off its PH balance, and allow secondary infections to occur.  Natural products that contain plant extracts don’t have the contaminants or chemical irritants that cause these problems, so there is less potential for irritation and damage to the skin.

Acne is another skin problem that strikes many of my patients.  Acne results from an increased production of sebum (oil on the skin) which blocks the pores.  People with acne need to thoroughly clean their skin, apply natural products to keep pores unclogged, and, of course, have a balanced, nutritional diet.

Organic products seem to work really well for young people and adults who have a sensitivity to the chemicals found in many cosmetic products.  Certain preservatives, fragrances and mineral oils in cosmetic products can cause itchy rashes, skin damage, and asthma-like symptoms.  The origin of a significant portion of dermatological complaints can be traced back to a chemically applied non-natural substance.

Some women come into my office with rashes that have gone on for months.  Because they had never really associated their problem with a cosmetic, they’d continued to use the irritating product or even applied additional synthetic materials to try to heal the rash.  This, of course, only made things worse.

The problem is that many cosmetic companies don’t print their ingredients on the labels of their products.  That’s part of the mystique and competitiveness of these companies – they don’t want to let their secrets out.

For patients who are allergic to certain chemicals – or anyone who wants to make sure that the products they use are safe – their only protection is to educate themselves about ingredients and then read the labels of any product they use”

Watch out for these dangerous ingredients

  • Alcohol
  • Alkyl-phenol ethioxyledes
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acid
  • Aluminium
  • Bentonite
  • Benzene
  • Coal Tar (D&C, FD&C)
  • Collagen
  • Dioforms
  • Elastin
  • Fluoride
  • Formaldehyde
  • Glycerin
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Kaolin
  • Lacquer
  • Lanolin
  • Laurimide DEA
  • Methyl Methacrylate
  • Mineral Oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Talc
  • Toluene
  • Triethanolamine
  • Zinc Stearate

If that all sounds way too complicated, just go with a company you can trust.  Your health and your family’s health deserve it.

Feel free to share this information with family and friends.  Thanks to ‘Health News International’ and thanks to my friend for caring enough to share this information with me.   If you have any news you would like to share, don’t hesitate to email mary@lifestylewell.com.

Until the next one……..
Keep well, healthy and glowing!

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